21st building fair set at Orpheum

21st building fair set at Orpheum

CHAMPAIGN — The 21st annual Kid's Building Fair is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St.

The day celebrates the community's heritage in architecture, historical preservation and the building trades while offering hands-on experience in both the art and science of the "built" environment.

In conjunction with the Preservation and Conservation Association, the event gives children a hands-on lesson on the building trades that are involved in the preservation of historic buildings like the Orpheum.

The fair is held each year in celebration of Historic Preservation Week, through ongoing support and collaboration with PACA.

Participants can visit Carpenter City, where creations spring to life out of wood, nails and paint; In My City to test their eyes at recognizing local architectural gems; Go Green City to explore alternative energy and building materials that are creating positive changes in our environment; and Tile City, an opportunity to create a masterpiece out of tile and grout.

Carpenter's Local 243 will build a playhouse that will be raffled off at the event. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to fund educational programs and operating expenses at the museum. All fair activities will be in the parking lot in front of the museum, free of charge. An admission charge will remain in effect for entrance to the museum.

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